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News Minute: Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press at 7:40 a.m. CDT

News Minute: Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press at 7:40 a.m. CDT

President Donald Trump has heralded a breakthrough in U.S.-China trade talks, and markets rallied in relief over a de-escalation in tensions between the world's two biggest economies. But closer inspection suggests...

Sioux City takes step toward lifting pit bull ban

Sioux City takes step toward lifting pit bull ban

Sioux City has taken its first formal step to lift its ban on pit bulls in the city.

Trial delayed for man accused of killing student in 1979

Trial delayed for man accused of killing student in 1979

A trial has been delayed for a man accused of killing an Iowa high school student almost 40 years ago.

Budget experts say Iowa revenue growth will slow

Budget experts say Iowa revenue growth will slow

State budget experts say revenue growth likely will slow in the coming year.

Police say Iowa slaying suspect arrested in Georgia

Police say Iowa slaying suspect arrested in Georgia

Georgia authorities have found a man suspected in an Iowa slaying.

Mother of boy who shot himself gets probation, fine

Mother of boy who shot himself gets probation, fine

The mother of a 4-year-old boy who shot himself after finding an unsecured gun in her vehicle in Des Moines has been sentenced to a year of probation.

Marion expanding airport runway, improving lights

Marion expanding airport runway, improving lights

Work has begun to expand the airport runway in the Cedar Rapids suburb of Marion.

Des Moines skatepark reaches $6.3M funding goal

Des Moines skatepark reaches $6.3M funding goal

Backers of a skateboard park under construction in downtown Des Moines say they have reached their $6.3 million funding goal.

Police investigating shooting death in Fort Dodge

Police investigating shooting death in Fort Dodge

Fort Dodge police say a man has been shot to death on the north-central Iowa city.

Trial in Mollie Tibbets killing now pushed to February

Trial in Mollie Tibbets killing now pushed to February

The trial for a former farmhand charged with first-degree murder in the abduction and killing of 20-year-old University of Iowa student Mollie Tibbetts has again been delayed.

Mason City man wins $100,000 on Iowa lottery game

Mason City man wins $100,000 on Iowa lottery game

A Mason City man has won the first $100,000 top prize in a new Iowa Lottery game.

After static summer, Democratic race enters a chaotic fall

After static summer, Democratic race enters a chaotic fall

Less than four months until voting begins, a Democratic presidential race that had been largely static through the summer has tumbled into a chaotic fall.

Iowa teacher out after Facebook post about climate activist

Iowa teacher out after Facebook post about climate activist

An Iowa high school science teacher has resigned after an investigation into a social media post that appeared to threaten Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg.

Former Tyson attorney sues in Iowa for wrongful termination

Former Tyson attorney sues in Iowa for wrongful termination

A former workers' compensation attorney for a Tyson Foods meatpacking division has filed a wrongful termination lawsuit in Iowa that accuses company officials of making anti-gay slurs, filing false information in...

Flood victims moving from refuge at Iowa state park

Flood victims moving from refuge at Iowa state park

Some people forced from their homes by Missouri River floodwaters will be leaving their refuge at an Iowa state park.

Court: Boarding school owner can question accuser's history

Court: Boarding school owner can question accuser's history

The Iowa Supreme Court says the founder of a boarding school for troubled youth will get another chance to potentially discredit a student whose testimony helped convict him of abuse charges.

Lawmaker charged with drunk driving says he's embarrassed

Lawmaker charged with drunk driving says he's embarrassed

A southern Iowa lawmaker has been charged again with drunken driving.

Police release name of Des Moines shooting victim

Police release name of Des Moines shooting victim

Authorities have released the name of a man who was shot to death on the north side of Des Moines.

Republicans stumbling over question at heart of impeachment

Republicans stumbling over question at heart of impeachment

A pair of Republican senators won't say if the president can ask another country to investigate a political foe.

Police say shooting in Des Moines leaves 1 man dead

Police say shooting in Des Moines leaves 1 man dead

Police say a shooting on Des Moines' north side has left a man dead.

Missouri River will remain at high level into December

Missouri River will remain at high level into December

The lower Missouri River will remain high into December because of the large amount of water being released from dams into the river.

Supreme Court prohibits courthouse security test break-ins

Supreme Court prohibits courthouse security test break-ins

The Iowa Supreme Court has issued orders changing how the state court system conducts security assessments after two cybersecurity workers hired by state court administrators were arrested for breaking into the Dallas...

Auditors say nearly $62,000 missing from agency

Auditors say nearly $62,000 missing from agency

A state audit report says nearly $62,000 is missing from deposits for the Wayne-Ringgold-Decatur County Solid Waste Management Commission.

Governor backs Iowa HR leader, says résumé error was minor

Governor backs Iowa HR leader, says résumé error was minor

Gov. Kim Reynolds is backing the new leader of Iowa's human resources agency, saying he made an honest error when he misstated what his department does on his résumé.

Authorities say 2 people injured by fire at Dubuque house

Authorities say 2 people injured by fire at Dubuque house

Authorities say two people were badly injured by a house fire in Dubuque.

Man accused of leaving scene of fatal Muscatine accident

Man accused of leaving scene of fatal Muscatine accident

Police have arrested a man suspected of leaving the scene after his vehicle fatally struck a bicyclist in the eastern Iowa city of Muscatine.

Authorities say man killed while working on truck

Authorities say man killed while working on truck

Authorities say a man has been killed while working on a dump truck south of Dubuque.

Pence aiming to release records of his own Ukraine calls

Pence aiming to release records of his own Ukraine calls

Vice President Mike Pence says he is working with the White House counsel's office to release transcripts of his own calls with Ukranian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy. Pence says the phone conversations help exonerate...

Wealthy counties get many FEMA buyouts of flood-prone homes

Wealthy counties get many FEMA buyouts of flood-prone homes

A new study finds that FEMA buys flood-prone homes more often in wealthy, populous counties than in poor, rural areas, even though lower-income rural areas may be more likely to flood.

Iowa court allows Sioux City to sue in companion animal case

Iowa court allows Sioux City to sue in companion animal case

The Iowa Court of Appeals says the Sioux City Human Rights Commission may sue the owners of rental properties for housing discrimination for rejecting renters with disabilities who asked to keep companion animals in their...

Top aide to Iowa governor working as family's expert witness

Top aide to Iowa governor working as family's expert witness

A top aide to Gov. Kim Reynolds is working as an expert witness in a private property lawsuit, backing a family that is seeking millions of dollars from neighbors in a zoning dispute.

Officials meet in Cedar Rapids to break ground on flood gate

Officials meet in Cedar Rapids to break ground on flood gate

Cedar Rapids officials have announced construction of a new flood gate to protect part of downtown from Cedar River flooding.

Another suspect arrested in 2017 Cedar Rapids slaying

Another suspect arrested in 2017 Cedar Rapids slaying

Authorities have arrested another suspect in the 2017 shooting death of a man whose body was found in a Cedar Rapids alley.

Prosecutors: Woman charged in slaying was furious over money

Prosecutors: Woman charged in slaying was furious over money

Prosecutors say an Iowa woman charged in a Chicago man's slaying was furious that he'd refused to share a financial windfall with her.

Man who exchanged gunshots with officers gets 10 years

Man who exchanged gunshots with officers gets 10 years

A man who exchanged gunshots with officers in eastern Iowa has been given 10 years in prison.

Man gets probation, suspended prison time for crash death

Man gets probation, suspended prison time for crash death

A driver has been given probation and suspended prison time for the crash death of another driver in Des Moines.

Democrat Greenfield raises $1.1M in race for US Senate seat

Democrat Greenfield raises $1.1M in race for US Senate seat

Iowa Democrat Theresa Greenfield raised more than $1.1 million from July through September in her campaign for the seat held by Republican Sen. Joni Ernst.

County imposes moratorium on new wind turbine installations

County imposes moratorium on new wind turbine installations

A south-central Iowa county has imposed a moratorium on new wind turbine installations.

Better polling means sharper scrutiny. Is Warren ready?

Better polling means sharper scrutiny. Is Warren ready?

Elizabeth Warren's rapid rise in presidential primary polls is being accompanied by heightened scrutiny and criticism, from both President Donald Trump and her Democratic opponents.

Freed inmate tells students to listen to claims of injustice

Freed inmate tells students to listen to claims of injustice

A man who spent more than 25 years in prison for an Iowa murder that he didn't commit is urging college students to help inmates who may be innocent.

Winter storm expected to whiten parts of Nebraska, Iowa

Winter storm expected to whiten parts of Nebraska, Iowa

Forecasters say a wintry storm system could drop up to 10 inches (25.4 centimeters) of snow on northwest Nebraska later this week.

Waterloo OKs hiring plan limiting criminal record inquiries

Waterloo OKs hiring plan limiting criminal record inquiries

Officials in Waterloo have approved a measure banning the city and many businesses from asking about applicants' criminal records in early stages of the hiring process.

Iowa man gets 19 years for crash that killed 2 in Omaha

Iowa man gets 19 years for crash that killed 2 in Omaha

A Nebraska judge has imprisoned an Iowa man who authorities say was driving drunk when his pickup truck rammed into a sports car in north Omaha, fatally injuring two other Iowa men.

Man charged in slayings wants trial moved from Cedar Rapids

Man charged in slayings wants trial moved from Cedar Rapids

A man accused of fatally shooting two 18-year-olds in a vehicle in a business parking lot wants his trial moved out of Cedar Rapids.

Iowa board approves payment for student suicide jury verdict

Iowa board approves payment for student suicide jury verdict

A state panel that approves payment for lawsuits and legal settlements for the state of Iowa has approved payment of $315,000 to the parents of an Iowa State University student who died by suicide in November 2015.

Women sent by Iowa to Wisconsin juvenile home settle lawsuit

Women sent by Iowa to Wisconsin juvenile home settle lawsuit

The state of Iowa has agreed to settle a lawsuit filed by two women once held at a state-run juvenile home for nearly $700,000.

Unions sue USDA seeking to halt new pork processing rules

Unions sue USDA seeking to halt new pork processing rules

The union representing workers at pork processing plants has sued the federal government to challenge new rules finalized in September that allow companies to set line speeds and turn more food safety tasks over to company...

Pat Grassley, grandson of US Senator, to be Iowa Speaker

Pat Grassley, grandson of US Senator, to be Iowa Speaker

Iowa House Republicans have chosen Rep. Pat Grassley to head their leadership teams as Speaker-Select of the Iowa House.

Woman accused of stealing from mother takes plea deal

Woman accused of stealing from mother takes plea deal

A Nov. 25. sentencing has been scheduled for an eastern Iowa woman accused of stealing from her mother.

Woman gets 10 years for sex trafficking 16-year-old

Woman gets 10 years for sex trafficking 16-year-old

A Wisconsin woman has been imprisoned for sex trafficking a 16-year-old girl in Iowa and Nebraska

Authorities: 10-year-old killed in northwest Iowa ATV crash

Authorities: 10-year-old killed in northwest Iowa ATV crash

Authorities say the crash of an all-terrain vehicle killed a 10-year-old in northwest Iowa.

Authorities release name of man slain in Des Moines

Authorities release name of man slain in Des Moines

Authorities have released the name of a man slain in Des Moines over the weekend.

Harris says Iowa's caucuses can prove she's electable

Harris says Iowa's caucuses can prove she's electable

Democratic presidential candidate Kamala Harris is telling Iowa voters that they can help refute questions about her electability if they support her in the caucuses.

Iowa to be site of utility lineman training facility

Iowa to be site of utility lineman training facility

Construction has begun in south-central Iowa on a $13.5 million, 50,000 square-foot facility to train power pole linemen in several Midwest states.

Costs forcing some hospitals to stop delivering babies

Costs forcing some hospitals to stop delivering babies

Last month's closing of Unity Point Hospital's obstetrics unit in Marshalltown was only the most recent in Iowa.

Iowa man who shot at officers last year gets prison sentence

Iowa man who shot at officers last year gets prison sentence

A Vinton man has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for firing at officers sent to check on his welfare.

Des Moines police investigating suspicious death of man

Des Moines police investigating suspicious death of man

Police in Des Moines are investigating the death of a man, calling the death suspicious.

Iowa man sentenced to more than 15 years in child porn case

Iowa man sentenced to more than 15 years in child porn case

A northeastern Iowa man has been sentenced to more than 15 years in federal prison for distributing and possessing child pornography.

Greta Thunberg addresses climate change in Iowa City

Greta Thunberg addresses climate change in Iowa City

Thousands of people crowded the streets of downtown Iowa City on Friday to demand action on climate change and welcome 16-year-old Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg.

Iowa teacher on leave after social media comment on Thunberg

Iowa teacher on leave after social media comment on Thunberg

A Waterloo high school science teacher has been placed on administrative leave after he made what appeared to be a threatening social media comment about 16-year-old climate activist Greta Thunberg.

Iowa chief justice apologizes for courthouse break-ins

Iowa chief justice apologizes for courthouse break-ins

The chief justice of the Iowa Supreme Court has apologized to a legislative committee investigating the break-ins at courthouses and the court system's own state-owned building as part of a cybersecurity vulnerability...

Developer takes step to improve former dog track land

Developer takes step to improve former dog track land

A company has taken another step toward redeveloping the former Waterloo Greyhound Park.

Man convicted of videotaping girls in store bathroom

Man convicted of videotaping girls in store bathroom

A man has been convicted of video recording girls in the bathroom of his West Des Moines record store.

Google announcing $600M data center will go up near Omaha

Google announcing $600M data center will go up near Omaha

Google is holding a groundbreaking Friday morning for a $600 million data center it plans to build in an Omaha suburb.

Racist graffiti found on library wall at University of Iowa

Racist graffiti found on library wall at University of Iowa

The University of Iowa is investigating after racist graffiti was found scrawled on a library wall at the school.

Rainy September adds more water to swollen Missouri River

Rainy September adds more water to swollen Missouri River

After an unusually rainy September in the region, the amount of water flowing down the lower Missouri River this year is likely to match the 2011 record.